Firefox Beta 4 Now Available With Big Promises

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    Firefox for Android has not gotten any traction since initially being released, and for good reason. Those reasons are supposedly fixed now and the latest release promises a better experience if you’re interested. The browser was previously sluggish, a memory hog and just not worth it, but this new version has some pretty strong highlights. The most noticeable is that it’s faster than the stock Android browser, and also has better stability and reduced memory usage.
    • [FONT=&quot]Now faster than stock Android browser[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Nearly three times faster on Kraken JavaScript benchmark tests[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Twice as fast on SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Reduced installation memory usage[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Stability improvements[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Fixed keyboard bugs[/FONT]
    • [FONT=&quot]Improved zooming readability [/FONT]
    If this sounds like something you’d like to try out… Head over to the Market, and give it a go.
    Source (New Firefox 4 beta for Android released | Android Central)
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    Best build yet, but still no flash support, and it broke the adblock plugin again. Getting really close now though. Once it supports flash it will probably become my primary browser.
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    Maybe finally worth a try.
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    holy crap. 13 megs?
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    Certainly better than beta 3 but not up to Dolphin Mini or HD level yet. I hope so soon though. I love being able sync my bookmarks and browser history from my pc.
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    Tried it just a bit ago and it was way slow on my Droid even though my Droid has a CPU setting of 1266mhz.
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    this thing sucks. i couldn't even get to type a URL. it kept crashing.
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    I was eagerly waiting for this... but I've since retired my Firefox browser on my PC for Chrome and I don't have the urge to install FF on my Droid anymore :(
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    don't worry. it still sucks.
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    lol. thanks for making me feel better about it! :laugh:
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    It still doesn't like SwiftKey.

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    I take it folks don't bother to read app descriptions anymore?

    Because it clearly says that the Droid and Milestone are NOT supported. Probably because the damn program is so freaking big that they don't have enough RAM, I dunno. The APK is 3MB larger than the desktop version for some reason.
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    no most people don't read :)

    bigger than the desktop? lol ... yet on a device where memory is at a premium?
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    It still force closes swiftkey. I cant tell how fast the browser really is because it and swiftkey dont get along.
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    Didnt realize I'd already made that comment late last night. Shows you how alert I am in the mornings.
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    Yeppers, desktop version of FF is currently at 11MB. Android version is ~14MB

    Somewhat ridiculous if you ask me, I can't fathom why a mobile browser would be so large. Unless being a beta, it contains LOTS of debug code.

    On second thought, even if that holds true, I STILL can't fathom why it's so large.
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    If it's still not available for the Droid, because of the memory reasons, will it ever be? We can do app2sd, but I'm sure that won't help with the sluggishness. I'm not even going to bother; just like someone else already said, I gave up on FF for chrome on my desktop. And with all of the security flaws on the stock browser, I just stick to DolphinHD
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    Could contain not only debug code but also quite a few debugging modules that get thrown away for the final version.

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    I've been wondering about the status of FF for Android given the news of FF as the browser for the soon-to-be-released Atrix laptop docking solution.

    Am I the only one that wonders why Google has not provided a Chrome browser for Android? Like others I left FF years ago on the PC for Chrome.
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    Same here... I was reluctant to abandon FF but they have just continued in the wrong direction for so long.... even on my PC it's slower than EVERY other browser, on my laptop it's not even close (not to mention a 10-15 sec freeze every time it starts... way to screw up a great product Mozilla....